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Will at CT scan or MRI pick up a parasite?

Will at CT scan or MRI pick up a parasite?

In many instances: Usually we see the results of the body's reaction to the parasite, rather than the parasite itself. Parasites such as cysticercosis can deposit material which en sites the body to react - for instance in the brain. In other situations a byproduct of infection such as an amoebic abscess in the liver can be identified. Virtually every organ system can show the result of parasitic infection.

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Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Computed Tomography (Definition)

Ct uses xrays taken an 360 degrees combined with a computer to see"inside" the body. The table moves as the xray tube and detectors spin around the patient 10 times a second or more! The image shows excellent soft tissue detail, enhanced with injection of intravenous contrast or oral contrast. This way the body is shown in slices, in any plane, usually axially, but ...Read more


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Is an IV required for a CT scan or MRI due to migraines?

Is an IV required for a CT scan or MRI due to migraines?

IV and imaging: The CT or MRI is much more sensitive for certain abnormalities that cause headaches if the test is done with IV contrast. Although it is not required. An IV helps make the study more useful to your physician.

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What can I do about possible tumors or hernias or anything at all. A CT scan or mri?

Depends on: Anatomical location of investigation, and the type of tumor. Sometimes you need both. And these scans tell you about anatomical abnormalities, nothing about function.

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Abdomen pain and suspicion, should I get a CT scan or mri?

Abdomen pain and suspicion, should I get a CT scan or mri?

Maybe: First exam should be a simple abdomen xray. If doctor thinks the gallbladder could be diseased, then an ultrasound is best. Most other ailments best served with a ct scan. Mri can help if a patient can't have ct contrast because of prior reaction or poor functioning kidneys. Mri scans take longer, cost more, and not readily available as ct scans.

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Can ultrasound, ct scan or MRI detect cirrohsis of the liver?

Can ultrasound, ct scan or MRI detect cirrohsis of the liver?

Yes,: But sometimes the findings are not specific, and biopsy may be required if there is a question.

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Which has less side effects on body especially brain, CT scan or mri?

Both very safe: However, MRI is likely safer because it does not use ionizing radiation like ct. Mri is essentially a very fancy radio, and ct is a very fancy x-ray machine, taking images from multiple directions to make a picture. Contrast agents, usually injected into a vein as part of both MRI and ct, have risks as well, however they are very low, well known and easily avoided or managed.

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Can an excess of CSF show up on a CT scan or MRI of the brain?

Can an excess of CSF show up on a CT scan or MRI of the brain?

If hydrocephalus: Imaging can demonstrate increased size of brain ventricles, which is indicative of increase in csf, as contrasted to brain tissue, due to pressure.

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Which is better at evaluating complex renal cysts in children - CT scan or mri? Is the bosniak scale used in children?

Which is better at evaluating complex renal cysts in children - CT scan or mri? Is the bosniak scale used in children?

Reasonable F/U...: Either one should be sufficient for evaluation after suspecting cystic lesion in kidneys of children, which can be categorized with bosniak system. After that, no further ct or MRI is needed but annual renal us in 1 yr for 1-2 times. If stable and asymptomatic with normal us, further study is usually unnecessary. Of course, beware of unwanted radiation to the children.

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Will a CT scan or MRI show coronary arteries without the dye?

Will a CT scan or MRI show coronary arteries without the dye?

Not well: A contrast enhanced exam is necessary to assess the coronary arteries in a meaningful way in young patients. Cardiologists use contrast for catheterization, but noninvasive coronary angiography with contrast is preferable. Read more about ct scans and contrast here: http://www. Conciergeradiologist. Com/ct-scan-with-contrast. Html mri would be a way to go without contrast but lacks detail of ct.

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Ct scan or MRI for swollen lymph nodes which is better? What's the difference?

Depends on origin: You don't use MRI or ct scan just to look at a lymph node. They are used to evaluate where and what is causing the lymph node to enlarge and which one is best should be determined by the condition being worked up. Ask your doctor.

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Head numbness and tingling to left fingers? What diagnostic tests appropriate, CT scan or MRI?

Depends: Physician should consider your overall medical history and perform a good neurological exam before deciding on appropriate imaging modalities.

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What's better for diagnosing pancreatic cancer.... Ct scan or mri? I've had normal ultrasound and CT scan with contrast. Still worried.

What's better for diagnosing pancreatic cancer.... Ct scan or mri? I've had normal ultrasound and CT scan with contrast. Still worried.

Why worried?: Why are you worried? Do you have symptoms or abnormal labs? If the ct was normal and used a specific pancreas protocol, then an MRI of the pan creas may be the best next test. Since it does not use radiation, there is little risk for you.

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What's better for diagnosing pancreatic cancer? Ct scan or mri? 34yr male. I've had normal ultrasound and CT scan with contrast. Still worried.

CT, ERCP, MRCP: Thin-slice (3 mm) ct abdomen yields fine detail of pancreatic structures... Blood tests including tumor markers: ca-19-9, ca-15-3, and cea can alert the clinician for ca. Also, ERCP w/ ductal brushings (though its endoscopy) can search for malignancy. Finally, mrcp may add to the clinical picture, but 64-bit ct is slowly encroaching on the former's superiority.

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Can a CT scan or MRI of the lumbar could show a differance if my grama was very constipated she said it was causin lots of presure pshin on the l/bone?

Can a CT scan or MRI of the lumbar could show a differance if my grama was very constipated she said it was causin lots of presure pshin on the l/bone?

Not the MRI, maybe CT: The lumbar MRI will not image the bowel. It will show problems involving or surrounding the spine. If she is having pain from constipation, she may not need any imaging. If there is a questions, her doctor may decide to start with an x-ray and may only do a cat scan if it's really needed.

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Can barium swallow detect small cysts, mass or tumors in the throat? Or CT scan or MRI is better?

Can barium swallow detect small cysts, mass or tumors in the throat? Or CT scan or MRI is better?

Throat: No. The barium is helpful for the esophagus but won't detect anything small. See an ENT for an endoscopy. You may need a scan as well

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How do a CT scan and a MRI differ?

How do a CT scan and a MRI differ?

Imaging tests: Ct uses radiation, like multiple x-rays. Mri uses magnets, and is very useful in characterizing soft tissue differences such as in the brain or joints, but also is more expensive and takes much more time.

Dr. Tanya Russo
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Mri (Definition)

Mri or magnetic resonance imaging is one of the more recently developed imaging modalities available to physicians. It uses powerful magnets to generate images. There is no ionizing radiation which is a major advantage over many other modalities. Mri is the best imaging exam that we have for most soft tissue and joint related problems. There are radiologists ...Read more


Dr. Michael Gabor
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Ct Scan (Definition)

Ct scan uses data from a beam of xrays and reconstructs a cross sectional image of your body. It is a high dose of xrays and used only when the benefits outweigh the risk. Cancer risk is 1 in 500 in children. Also using iodinated contrast might cause transient renal failure in about 5% of patients. (contrast induced nepropathy) most do not explain this to the patient as ...Read more